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The Tree Of Life (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Soundtrack

2.6 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B004V9J4L2
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Katbamna on July 9, 2011
Format: MP3 Music
"Funeral Canticle"
Written by John Tavener and Mother Thekla
Performed by George Mosley, Paul Goodwin
and the Academy of Ancient Music
Courtesy of Harmonia Mundi USA

"Cosmic Beam Take 5"
Written and Performed by Francesco Lupica
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

"Symphony No. 1"
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Halász
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q

"Morning Prayers"
Written by Giya Kancheli
Courtesy of ECM Records

"Faunophonia Balkanica"
Written, Performed and Produced by Arsenije Jovanovic
Courtesy of Arsenije Jovanovic

"Wind Pipes"
Written and Performed by Michael Baird
Courtesy of Sharp Wood Records

"Approaching"
Written, Performed and Produced by Arsenije Jovanovic
Courtesy of Arsenije Jovanovic

"Ta Há 1"
Written and Performed by Klaus Wiese
Courtesy of Aquamarin Verlag GmbH, Germany

"Snapshot from the Island"
Written and Performed by Tibor Szemzo
Courtesy of Leo Records

"Lacrimosa 2"
Composed by Zbigniew Preisner
Performed by Elzbieta Towarnicka (soprano) and the Sinfonia Varsovia
and the Varsov Chamber Choir, conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk
Courtesy of New Music B.V.
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i understand that the composer Alexandre Desplat is very talented and wants his original score to be heard. however, his original score barely made it into the film. the music everyone hears in the film and makes a connection with is by Smetana, Mahler, Gorecki, Berlioz, Respighi, Bach, Couperin, Brahms, Holst, John Tavener, Zbigniew Preisner, and a host of others. I would venture to guess that of the wall to wall music in the perhaps 140 minute film, only 5 minutes of it, if that, was composed by Alexandre Desplat. I don't know if this is being released out of some contractual necessity, or just as a marketing gimmick, but this is not the soundtrack. If they wanted to really make some money, they would put The Moldau, the two selections from Berlioz's Requiem, Preisner's Lacrimosa from the creation sequence, Respighi's Siciliana, the Couperin piano adaptation, and a few others (perhaps the Brahms and Mahler excerpts), and make a double album out of it. but this is just a travesty releasing this and pretending like it's the soundtrack, when it's not even close to it. bad business.
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I have never returned anything on amazon before. never had to. when i saw the tag, "tree of life soundtrack", I thought I would indeed get a comp disc of something at least resembling the music used in the movie I had just seen. I placed the one click order without reading any reviews or looking at the listing of song clips and now I'm a sucker who just got played. I'm going to have to return the shipment as soon as it comes because the soundtrack I just ordered is alexander desplat and not the great classics used throughout the movie. What a shame. This is shockingly deceptive and supremely disappointing. It's ultimately my own fault for not reading below the fold but there's also clear deception at work here. Not every consumer will take the time to ameliorate their error by writing a cautionary review and going through the amazon return process. Some marketers base entire business models off this particular phenomenon, one with which they can make a modest profit off of lazy orderers (a group which includes myself) and plain old inertia that keeps folks from complaining and returning. I'll let you know how the returns process goes.
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**Please Note: This review was written before I saw the film.

Terrence Malick is definitely one of and may be the single most important filmmaker of the medium. At least in my eyes. For me emotional connection through film comes from image and sound working together, and no other filmmaker crafts stories through image and sound like Malick. He's an auteur in every sense of the word and his films carry so much weight. In fact they carry so much that they have a lasting impact on the viewer for years or in my case a lifetime. They are crafted like fine wine as Malick is notorious for spending years and years working out minuscule details that all add deep emotional layers to the story that unfolds. From 1973 with his feature debut Badlands up till now he has only made five films: Badlands, Days Of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World and now The Tree Of Life. All these films are brilliant explorations of the human condition that rely specifically on how image and music work together. Terrence Malick also is known for being extremely fickle about music in his films. He uses a lot of classical music to edit to and in many instances he keeps them in the film. No composer has worked with him more than once either, which either suggests he is difficult to work with or he seeks out different styles for each project. It's hard to say since Malick is the J.D. Salinger of the film world and does not do interviews. His first film, Badlands had no original score and was mostly Carl Orff. With Days Of Heaven he worked with Ennio Morricone and the result was stunning. Hans Zimmer then composed one of the greatest scores of all time with The Thin Red Line. In The New World there was a lot of Richard Wagner used but James Horner's original score did add to the tapestry of the soundscape.
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